Gates of the Arctic National Park

When thinking of national parks throughout North America people usually think of the most famous ones such as Yellowstone and Yosemite, but there are some national parks that do not get the credit they deserve for being truly amazing places to visit.

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The best example of this common issue is Gates of the Arctic National Park in Coldfoot, Alaska. Alaska has been largely untouched by modern humans. Much of the state still maintains its rugged wilderness demeanor. It is important to remember however that old saying, “You should not judge a book by its cover.” Gates of the Arctic National Park may be remote, but a visit to this awesome national park will leave you with the desire to come back again and again to discover more of what the Alaska Wilderness has to offer.

History

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Gates of the Arctic National Park is just a small portion of the largest continuous wilderness area that can be found anywhere in the world. That notion alone makes this part of the country a very unique place. The area is so unique that in 1980 the National Interest Lands Conservation Act made Gates of the Arctic National Park an official part of the national park registry. Before it was even a park however, it had been mapped by some of the earliest settlers to the area. The park still astounds visitors with its untouched natural beauty and no roads have ever been cut through the wilderness to this day. Therefore, if you choose to venture into the wild of Gates of the Arctic National Park, you will have to be flown in.

Rivers Abound

The wilderness Gates of the Arctic National Park is a wilderness enthusiasts dream. Those that want to truly get into the wilderness spirit in the park know that the best way to see it all is by the many waterways that can be found throughout the park. Rivers have a way of giving visitors a different perspective as opposed to merely tromping through the trees and Gates of the Arctic National Park boast 5 rivers so you are free to choose which one looks like it may be your speed. Choose from Kobuk Wild River, John River, Kugururok River, Tinayguk River, and Koyukuk River.

For the Best View

When people choose to visit a national park, they are not going for the luxury of it all. They are intrigued by the notion of viewing the world as it was before man made it into what it is today. These parks are protected and through that protection they are able to maintain some of the most picturesque sites that can be found anywhere in the word. You will want to document every aspect of your trip to Gates of the Arctic National Park and one of the best places to get that perfect shot to boast about is from the top of Boreal Mountain. From this vantage point you will be able to have a panoramic view of the entire park. It is also a fun place to sit back and watch the animals from high above.

Things to Know

Gates of the Arctic National Park 2 150x150 Gates of the Arctic National ParkVisiting a national park does require some planning, but for most of them you can generally go to a store close to the park if you forgot something. Gates of the Arctic National Park is not your average national park. The area is so remote that if you forget something, there are no stores for hundreds of miles, so you will have to live without it. When considering a visit to Gates of the Arctic National Park you should be aware of what you need to bring. The main park website offers a downloadable checklist to ensure that you have everything you need for the entire trip.

To get to the park, a flight must be chartered and depending on the weather, you may or may not be able to fly to or from the area. Pilots have special permission to fly visitors into the park and it is at their discretion whether or not they fly. The flights are based upon the number of passenger, their weight, and the weight of their gear, so make sure that you know the weights to ensure that you get the right sized plane and account for any additional trips that may be involved for a safe flight.

Once you arrive at Gates of the Arctic National Park you will quickly realize that there are no fees associated with camping within the park. You are simply asked to take an orientation at one of the visitor’s centers before departing into the wilderness. This orientation will ensure that you are educated on important aspects such as food storage, hunting and fishing regulations, and how to camp with the “No trace” mindset. It may be a remote national park, but Gates of the Arctic National Park is one that should not be missed.


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Download a Gates of the Arctic National Park Map

Planning a trip to Gates of the Arctic National Park? Be sure to download the official Gates of the Arctic National Park map, below, or use our interactive maps to find restaurants, hotels, or activities along the route of your choosing in and around the park. Either way, don’t leave home without a map of Gates of the Arctic National Park. This free Gates of the Arctic National Park map shows park roads, attractions, and more.


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